Culture Of Siam Thai
The culture of Siam Thai has been shaped by many influences, which includes Chinese, Lao, Burmese, Cambodian, and Indian. It is mainly influenced by Buddhism as well as large scale immigration from China and lesser extent from India. Thai visual art was traditionally primarily Buddhist. Thai Buddha images from different periods have a number of distinctive styles. Contemporary Thai art often combines traditional Thai elements with modern techniques.
Thailand literature is mainly influenced by Indian Hindu culture. Regarding the culture of Thailand, we came to know that there is no tradition of spoken drama in Siam Thai, the role being filled by Thai dance which mainly categories into – khon, lakhon and likay, khon being the most elaborate and likay being the most popular.
As far as music of Thailand is concerned, it may include classical, folk music traditions and string or pop music. As a culture of Siam Thai, the traditional or cultural Thai greeting, the ‘wai’ is usually offered first by the younger of the two people meeting, pressing their hands together with point fingertips upwards, head being bowed to touch their face to the hands, which generally coincides with the spoken word "Sawasdee khrap" for male speakers, and "Sawasdee ka" for females. Then the elder is to respond in the same way afterwards.
The national sport of Thailand is Muay Thai or Thai boxing and its native martial art call ‘Muay’. In earlier times, it was taught to royal soldiers for combating in the battlefield if unarmed. After retiring from army many of the soldiers became Buddhist monk and lives near temples. As people’s lives are closely linked to Buddhism, many of them send their sons for getting education from the monks. To be very precise, Muay is also one of the main subjects taught in the temples. This is one major part of the Siam Thai culture. But with time, football has possibly taken over the Muay Thai’s position and the game is widely enjoyed by the people of Thailand.
The tastes of the Thai cuisine include sweet, spicy, sour, bitter and salty. Rice is the stable food in Thailand. Looking at the society and culture of Siam Thai, we also came to know that respecting ancestors is an important part of Thai spiritual practice. The people of Thailand are well known for their hospitality & generosity. They also have a strong sense social hierarchy. Seniority is an important concept in Thai culture. Elders have by tradition ruled in family decisions or ceremonies. Older siblings have duties to younger ones. This briefly defines the culture of Siam Thai.